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Bella Spewack (screenplay)") &
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Unfinished remake of "My Favorite Wife," due to the firing of Marilyn Monroe from the film. She was eventually re-hired, but died in August, 1962. Film was never completed. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Marilyn Monroe ... Ellen Wagstaff Arden

Dean Martin ... Nicholas 'Nick' Arden

Cyd Charisse ... Bianca Russell Arden

Tom Tryon ... Steven Burkett / Adam
Alexandra Heilweil ... Lita Arden
Robert Christopher Morley ... Timmy Arden

Wally Cox ... Shoe Salesman

Phil Silvers ... Johnson

John McGiver ... The Judge
Grady Sutton ... The Judge's Clerk
Eloise Hardt ... Miss Worth
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Steve Allen ... Psychiatrist (uncredited)

Directed by
George Cukor 
 
Writing credits
Bella Spewack (screenplay "My Favorite Wife (1940)") &
Sam Spewack (screenplay "My Favorite Wife (1940)")

Arnold Schulman  screenplay unused &
Nunnally Johnson  screenplay &
Walter Bernstein  screenplay

Produced by
Gene Allen .... associate producer
Henry T. Weinstein .... producer (as Henry Weinstein)
Peter Levathes .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Johnny Mercer 
 
Cinematography by
Franz Planer 
Leo Tover 
 
Film Editing by
Tori Rodman 
 
Art Direction by
Gene Allen 
 
Costume Design by
Jean Louis 
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist (as Sidney Guilaroff)
Allan Snyder .... makeup artist: Miss Monroe (uncredited)
 
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Richard Raguse .... production sound (uncredited)
 
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Clyde Taylor .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
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Evelyn Moriarty .... stand-in: Marilyn Monroe (uncredited)
 
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George Cukor .... dedicatee
Dean Martin .... dedicatee
Marilyn Monroe .... dedicatee
 

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37 min (2001 version)
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Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

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Dean Martin reportedly threatened to walk off the set when he heard Marilyn Monroe was out, so she was rehired.See more »
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Ellen Wagstaff Arden:Come on, the water's so refreshing! You know, after you finish doing, uh... you know.See more »
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Something's Gotta GiveSee more »

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Marilyn---When Was She Signed For "Something"?
Lee Remick---Was She Paid For "Something"?
Marilyn---Who Would Replace Her?
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55 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
It;s Cukor and the script!, 5 February 2005
Author: denis-38 from Hoboken, nj

The only way to fairly judge the 37-minute "re-creation of "SGTG" in "The Final Days" is to have seen the previous 1990 documentary on the making of this film, which contained alternate takes, AND to have seen (as I have) the bootlegged hours and hours of Marilyn on set, doing it over and over. Not because she couldn't remember her lines, but because Cukor demanded it. And what you'll find is a very patient and usually cheerful actress obeying her director. Each time he asks for a new take, she does it just a little different. Higher, lower, softer, stronger. When she flubs, she doesn't fall apart. She seems miffed with herself, but no great drama is revealed.

THis patched together thing in "The Final Days" is to me, the final indignity. Almost without fail, her weakest takes are used. Remember, again: Even when MM was letter perfect, Cukor DEMANDED another take.

I think most of the IMDb reviewers probably know the backstory to this debacle--the script she approved, which was then changed, an antagonistic director(right before she was fired he went to Hedda Hopper, demanded anonymity and scourged her. Declared her insane and her career over. Nice guy! All we can really say about what remains of "SGTG" is that she was very lovely, strikingly beautiful. It is clear, however that as the film progressed she grew thinner and indeed looked a bit ill. She is radiant in the costume tests, and at a perfect weight. Later, in the beige suit, she is obviously padded (she had a normal-sized bosom, except when she was plump--which was most of the time.) The script appears to be a drag, but Marilyn was at least playing an adult woman, with children, in sleek clothes and using a far more natural voice. Had she lived to complete the film, it might have found success, based on the nude swim--a carefully choreographed stunt, she was never naked in the water at all, and her more mature appearance and attitude. But Cukor was a lousy director at this point, and HE was the problem on "Let's Make Love" as well--those endless scenes! He'd lost his touch.

I'm glad so much attention has been paid to this last gallant effort on Marilyn's part. But you'll only recognize how hard she tried, if they release every second of her on set.

Maybe fate was kind, and middle-age would have been an unbearable horror for her. But in what remains of "Something's Got To Give" you can see the elegant performer she might have become, if she'd had more faith in herself.

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